Penguins’ veteran forward Mark Recchi donated a Mellon Arena luxury suite to local children’s charities throughout the 2006-07 hockey season.
Organizations benefiting from Recchi’s charitable program included the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Big Brothers Big Sisters and children from the team’s Pen Pal Program which serves individuals stricken with illness or loss.
“I feel privileged to provide children and their families from our local community an opportunity to join us for an evening,” stated Recchi. “My wife and I are looking forward to sharing the excitement of Penguins hockey, while giving the children and their families a break from their everyday lives and putting smiles on their faces.”
“We appreciate Mark Recchi thinking of the Pittsburgh Ronald McDonald House,” said Joanne Kehris, House Manager. “It is not often when our families get a night out or a night to enjoy one of Pittsburgh’s best pleasures - the Pittsburgh Penguins. Our families will truly enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to see the Penguins in action.”
Make-A-Wish President & CEO Judith Stone stated “What a wonderful gift to our wish children. Now so many of our kids will be able to enjoy the Penguins . . . in style.”
Recchi broke into the NHL ranks with Pittsburgh in 1988 and was a member of the Penguins first Stanley Cup Championship team in 2001. An 18-year NHL veteran, he also played with Philadelphia and Montreal before returning to the Penguins in 2005. Last year, he split the season between Pittsburgh and Carolina where he played an integral part in the Hurricanes first-ever Stanley Cup Championship.